NFL passes rule on single-digit jersey numbers
Today’s press conference wasn’t the only big news today for the Philadelphia Eagles. The NFL officially announced they would be passing the Kansa City Chiefs’ proposal to lessen the restrictions on jersey numbers for players.
- WR: 1-49 and 80-89 (previously 10-19 and 80-89)
- RB: 1-49 and 80-89 (previously 2-49)
- TE: 1-49 and 80-89 (previously 40-49 and 80-89)
- LB: 1-59 and 90-99 (previously 4-59 and 90-99)
- DB: 1-49 (previously 20-49)
Allowing single digits have been a request from both fans and players for several years, and the main push being that NCAA has very light restrictions on jerseys and recently allowed the number 0 to be worn.
Several Eagles like Darius Slay and K’Von Wallace could be changing their numbers under the new amendment. Slay has tweeted about switching to 2, and K’Von Wallace has teased a possible change to 14, his college number.
The number rule wasn’t the only change, though. Overtimes have now been eliminated during preseason games as proposed by the Baltimore Ravens. Philly had their own rule up for a vote as well. Their rule would change onside kicks to a 4th and 15 attempt from the kicking team’s 25-yard line. Voting on this rule was tabled despite the Eagles supporting the rule.
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